Monday, September 29, 2014

What's in a Name? By Brenda Whiteside @KMNbooks @WildRosePress @brendawhitesid2 #books

Karen: Introducing the lovely, Brenda Whiteside! She's stopping by at KMN Books as part of her blog tour extravaganza. Check out her new release, The Art of Love And Murder, and enjoy her post about choosing just the right name for her characters.

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By  Brenda Whiteside

Thanks so much for having me today, Karen. I’m excited to have your readers learn about my latest release, The Art of Love and Murder, the first book in my Love and Murder series. I hope everyone enters the Rafflecopter drawing for a tote bag of items that relate to the book. The more you enter, the more chances you have to win. This link will direct you to all the blogs on my tour:

Most often when I come up with a story, I start with the main characters. The Art of Love and Murder was no exception. This time I encountered a little bump, more of a giant speed bump, in my writing process.

My heroine, Lacy Dahl had been with me from day one – forty-three, widowed, half Hopi Indian and half Austrian, with a mystery in her past. She’d been adopted as an infant when her birth parents were killed in a plane crash, a crash she survived. I knew she’d go in search of her past, but that took some brainstorming to figure out. In her search, she’d meet Sheriff Lance Meadowlark.

Lance – my son’s name. When I imagined the sheriff of Flagstaff, Arizona, a man similar to my son came to mind. NOT my son, but someone of equal stature and rugged good looks. Lance Meadowlark had a good ring to it, so I ran with it…until the first intimate scene. My fingers twitched, I bit my lip and my writing came to a halt. There was no way I could write love scenes using my son’s name! What to do? Lance became Chance. The story continued and I had much more fun with the love scenes.

Blurb for The Art of Love and Murder:

Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive parents and her husband. A husband who wasn't what he seemed. Her research uncovers secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her father and threaten her life.

Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice. When he meets Lacy he is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible. As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation.

Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past...until Chance's connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further from love. Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that frees them?

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About the Author:
Brenda spends most of her time writing stories of discovery and love. The rest of her time is spent tending vegetables on the small family farm she shares with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Together, they’ve embraced an age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States - multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents.

Although she didn’t start out to write romance, she’s found all good stories involve complicated human relationships. She’s also found no matter a person’s age, a new discovery is right around every corner. Whether humorous or serious, straight contemporary or mystery, all her books revolve around those two facts.

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Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


I'm so glad to have you here today! Your book sounds fantastic! Wonderful contest, too.

If I've used someone's name that I know, usually they are a secondary character, or I make sure the character looks nothing like the person I know. lol Enjoyed the post.

Brenda Whiteside said... Best Blogger Tips

Great being here today, Karen. I've promised a friend I'm going to use his name in an upcoming book and he's thrilled that it's going to be the villain. LOL

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Brenda WhitesideOh how fun is that! :)

Brenda Whiteside said... Best Blogger Tips

The days about done, Karen. Thanks for having me. I'll check back for a couple of days...

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice cover

Brenda Whiteside said... Best Blogger Tips


Thank you!